Ice Cube Stages N.W.A. Reunion
Published Jun 08, 2015With the hype machine in full swing for Straight Outta Compton, it's now been revealed that N.W.A. members Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella are all set to reunite onstage at an upcoming concert in L.A.
The reunion will take place on June 27 at Los Angeles' Staples Center, as part of the three-day BET Experience event. Ice Cube is booked to appear and has confirmed that MC Ren and DJ Yella will be joining him to play some N.W.A. hits.
"It's just gonna be a great night," Ice Cube told Rolling Stone, adding, "We're gonna be there with Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q. It's just gonna be one of those 'I wish I were there in L.A. nights.' And we're gonna rock that shit, no problem."
While Ice Cube had previously re-teamed with MC Ren during the Up in Smoke Tour in 2000, the upcoming show at Staples Center will be the first time Ice Cube has stepped onstage with Yella since 1989. At present, N.W.A. founder Dr. Dre has not been confirmed to appear, but Ice Cube noted, "if you wish upon a star, you never know."
He added: "It's like, I hope he blesses us with his presence. But if not, I've been rockin' for a long time without anybody. So whoever shows up, I'm still gonna rock. Whoever don't show up, we still gonna rock."
Ice Cube also hinted at putting together something for the soundtrack to group's upcoming Straight Outta Compton biopic, though it's unclear if this means a new collaborative track is on the way.
"We're definitely dibbling and dabbling, so to speak," he said. "It's all about how great it comes out when you're creating something. We can throw anything together; we can put rhymes and beats together easy. But our expectation level is so high, and if we meet our threshold, the world gets to hear what it is. If we don't, we still need more time together to make it happen. It's really some TLC, tender love and care, being put into these records. We'll see what it is."
Though partial reunions have occurred over the years, N.W.A. officially broke up in 1991. Founding rapper Eazy-E died following complications from the AIDS virus in 1995.
As previously reported, Straight Outta Compton hits theatres on August 14. You'll find a trailer for the film down below.
Last week, film producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre were named as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the tragic on-set hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of Terry Carter last January. Also named in the suit were Universal Pictures and Suge Knight, who is also facing one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of hit and run over the incident.